Gurit (Zurich, Switzerland) announced on Aug. 27 that it has officially inaugurated the new production campus of Red Maple in Taicang, China. The new campus more than doubles the shop floor space of Red Maple, the Tooling Business of Gurit, and allows for the development and manufacture of larger, next-generation blade molds for wind turbines of up to 7 MW.
The new production campus in Taicang covers an area of more than 85,000m²/914,932 ft² on which Gurit inaugurated two production halls with a surface area of 6,000m²/64,583 ft² each. The two new halls will more than double Gurit's existing tooling shop floor of 11,500m²/123,785 ft² to a capacity of more than 24,000m²/258,334 ft².
The new buildings are designed for the development and the manufacture of blade molds for wind turbines of up to 7 MW. Each building comprises three production bays, each of them equipped with four 20-ton-overhead cranes to move the molds for wind turbines of 1.5 to 7 MW. For the production of master plugs, an additional CNC machine covering a working area of 65m by 7.2m by 5.8m (213 ft by 23.6 ft by 19 ft) and equipped with dual machining heads will be installed in a dedicated building in the autumn. Also a new administration building will be completed by the same time to provide additional space to the growing organization. The total investment cost is about CHF 15 million.
With the new campus, the Tooling Business of Gurit can address the growing international demand and the growing trend to longer molds. The new facility has an easy road access to the nearby deep-water ports to facilitate international shipments.